We began our New Year with a vibrant mural painted on the outside wall of Katkatha puppet studio in Tughlaqabad, Delhi. Artist Mike Benevenia showed the participants lots of books and images of plants found in Delhi.
Participants came up with the idea of transforming their lane into “Sapno ki Gali” (a lane of dreams). They filled the wall with various plants, flowers, animals, out of the world creatures and children in the midst of this wonderland.
In September 2019, artist Avinash Karn led a three days mural painting workshop with 20 children from Sankalp Welfare Society, Gurgaon.
We discussed about environmental threats to the biodiversity of Gurgaon and participants created drawings re-imagining the city, where humans and animals co-exist. Avinash also introduced them to the vibrant Madhubani painting style from Bihar.
Together they created this beautiful mural painting on the school wall.
Over two intensive days in August, Ita Mehrotra from Artreach India team worked with twenty participants both from SAN-KER center at Shillong and from Reach NGO. Participants made beautiful nature studies, collective drawings in teams and their first comics based on super powers that would let them achieve their dreams, that ranged from saving children to having flying horses that could ride them anywhere!
We are grateful to Dr. Sandy and his team for hosting and assisting us lead the workshop and to Khublei for making this happen.
SAN-KER is a Shillong based charity that provides mental health care for all. Reach NGO works with children off the street. This workshop was in partnership with Khublei.